The woman behind the first fairy tale: Phillip Adams interviews Melissa Ashley for Late Night Live

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Marie Catherine D’Aulnoy was the first author to use the term ‘Fairy Tale” when she published her book “Contes des Fées” in the 1690s in France.

Although a celebrated author in her own time, the fairy tales penned by Marie Catherine D’Aulnoy are less well known than those of her male contemporaries and those that came after her like the Brothers Grimm.

Her fairy tales and novels reveal much about the life of women in the 17th century.

Australian author Melissa Ashley has written a fictionalised account of the scandalous life of Marie Catherine D’Aulnoy.

Monday 4 November 2019 10:40PM

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